@freelittlebirds It’s all well and good being hypothetical, but factual examples would be nice.
You do realise that in Monaco 2012, Webber said, “Thanks for letting me win this one, guys?” Besides, if they were even *able* to try to let Vettel win, don’t you think they would’ve tried to slot him in P3 or even P2, rather than P4?
Silverstone 2010 – what on earth are you talking about? Webber returned the wing to the team when he said “No I don’t want it.” If you return a library book, then it doesn’t matter who you are, but you have no right to feel aggrieved over who gets lent the book next.
Don’t forget that Webber did not hire Red Bull to make him a car – but rather, Red Bull hired Mark to drive the car, as-is. They could’ve kept Mark stuck on the wing he didn’t want (new), or they could give him the wing he wanted (old) – are you saying they should have said, “NO! We will NOT give you the wing you want. Go with the new wing whether you like it or not”
Worth nothing that they extended Vettel the same courtesy in 2012 China. If the driver prefers older equipment, even if the data says its slower, then they let the driver have it.
2009 is often forgotten, when Webber was often the one to get the preferential call, and team orders. “Sebastian, save your car, Mark is faster. Save your car, Mark is faster.”
What of 2010 Hungary, when they asked Vettel to back the pack up behind the safety car to help Mark build a gap, but instead Mark stepped on the throttle, causing a penalty for Vettel (thanks to the 10-car-length rule)
Mark tells the press after Singapore 2009 that he (mathematically out of title running) wouldn’t help Sebastian in any way to win the 2009 title, but then he asks it of the team in 2010 (despite Vettel being still in mathematical running), and feels aggrieved that he doesn’t get it? Get real.
Mark usually says it like it is, in that moment. Sadly he forgets the times when the same treatment gets given the opposite way.
Loud Aussie complains, silent German stays quiet. Which do you think makes a better story for the press? Humans love conspiracy theories and bad news.